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MSN - Master of Science in Nursing

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Take your nursing career to the next level.

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) is a dynamic way for nursing professionals to gain upward mobility in the health care environment.

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Learn more about the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program as well as the Post-Baccalaureate and Post-Master's certificate options at Florida Southern.

Apply today to start next term on Tuesday, January 26, 2021

Due to the effects of COVID-19 on the healthcare community, we will be accepting applications until the cohort is full.

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The master’s degree program in nursing at Florida Southern College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

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Choose one of these Tracks in Nursing

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP)

The Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner student is prepared to provide and direct care to patients within the adult age spectrum, including late adolescence, in primary care settings. This curriculum track prepares you for the certification examination as an Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the American Association of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program.

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

The Family Nurse Practitioner student is prepared to provide and direct care to families including adults and children in primary care settings. This curriculum track prepares you for the certification examination as a Family Nurse Practitioner through the American Nurses Credentialing Center or the American Association of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program.

Nursing Administrative Leadership

The Nursing Administrative Leadership track is designed to provide current and aspiring nurse managers and clinical nurse leaders with the skills and knowledge necessary to guide daily operations in a variety of healthcare settings.

*Because this track is delivered primarily online and due to SEVIS guidelines, we are not able to accept international students into this program.

Nurse Educator (NE)

Combine your passion for teaching with top-notch clinical experience. This track prepares you to teach in an academic or healthcare setting by giving you expertise in teaching strategies and learning principles.

*Because this track is delivered fully online and due to SEVIS guidelines, we are not able to accept international students into this program.

Program Details

On-Campus

Courses in nursing are offered one day per week on campus in the morning, afternoon, or evening.

Admission Requirements

  • Official transcripts of all academic work
  • BSN from a regionally-accredited institution and a CCNE, CNEA, or ACEN accredited nursing program
  • Professional Statement (no more than two pages, single spaced in length). Statement should highlight relevant work history and immediate and long term professional goals as an advanced-practice nurse. Statement should also demonstrate an understanding of the scope of an advanced-practice nurse and be specific to the MSN track selected.
  • Current Résumé
  • Three Letters of Recommendation: It is preferred that the applicant submit a variety of references (one from a master's prepared nurse, one from a college-level faculty member who has had them in class or was a program advisor, and one from a current or recent supervisor/employer). However, if attaining any of these specific types of references proves to be a hardship, the committee will consider three strong nursing-related references.
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework.
  • Required prerequisite courses completed with a “C” or better: health assessment, nursing research or evidence-based practice, and statistics or biostatistics course.
  • Proof of current active licensure as a registered nurse in the state of Florida.
  • Personal interview required for eligible candidates
  • *Completion of a criminal background check, proof of immunization, and ten-panel drug screen (if admitted)

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Additional International Requirements

  • Official Translated Transcripts With Course By Course Evaluation**
  • Bank Letter Verifying Funds of Sponsor***
  • Sponsor's Guarantee Form
  • Valid Passport
  • Official TOEFL/IELTS Score****

** Academic Evaluation Services, Inc., Josef Silny, SpanTran, or World Education Services or another similar approved transcript evaluation agency.

*** A bank letter is a written statement on bank letterhead and signed by a bank official.

**** Must have completed an English language training program or at least one year at an English speaking institution to waive the TOEFL/IELTS testing requirement.

Course descriptions are available in the academic catalog.

Academic Catalog

Nursing Administrative Leadership

Core Curriculum - 8 Hours
Course Number Course Description
NUR 5120 Leadership, Role Development, and Advocacy for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 Hours)
NUR 5250 Evidence Translation and Quality Improvement for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 Hours)
NUR 5450 Informatics and Health Care Technologies
Nursing Administrative Leadership Track - 24 Hours
Course Number Course Description
NUR 5550 Complex Healthcare Systems Operations Management (3 Hours)
NUR 5575 Human Capital Management (3 Hours)
NUR 5600 Applied Healthcare Economics and Financial Management (3 Hours)
NUR 5625 Legal and Regulatory Compliance in Healthcare (3 Hours)
NUR 5650 Advanced Leadership Skills for Nurse Administrators (3 Hours)
NUR 5675 Strategic and Operational Planning in Healthcare (3 Hours)
NUR 6960 Graduate Internship in Nursing: Nursing Administrative Leadership (3 Hours)
NUR 6961 Graduate Internship in Nursing: Nursing Administrative Leadership (3 Hours)

Total Credits - 32 Hours

Clinical Practice Hour Requirement: At least 240 hours.

 

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Core Curriculum - 23 Hours
Course Number Course Description
NUR 5120 Leadership, Role Development and Advocacy for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 Hours)
NUR 5150 Advanced Pharmacology (3 Hours)
NUR 5200 Advanced Pathophysiology (3 Hours)
NUR 5220 Advanced Health Assessment (4 Hours)
NUR 5250 Evidence Translation and Quality Improvement for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 Hours)
NUR 5400 Health Promotion and Clinical Prevention for Advanced Nursing Practice (2 Hours)
NUR 5450 Informatics and Health Care Technologies
NUR 6430 Care of the Older Adult (2 Hours)
NUR 6500 Transition to Advanced Nursing Practice (Comprehensive Exam Review/Preparation) (1 Hour)
Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Track - 18 Hours
Course Number Course Description
NUR 6110 Advanced Practice Nurse 1 (6 Hours)
NUR 6160 Advanced Practice Nurse 2 (6 Hours)
NUR 6210 Advanced Practice Nurse 3 (6 Hours)

Total Credits - 41 Hours

Clinical Practice Hour Requirement: At least 540 hours.

Family Nurse Practitioner

Core Curriculum - 23 Hours
Course Number Course Description
NUR 5120 Leadership, Role Development and Advocacy for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 Hours)
NUR 5150 Advanced Pharmacology (3 Hours)
NUR 5200 Advanced Pathophysiology (3 Hours)
NUR 5220 Advanced Health Assessment (4 Hours)
NUR 5250 Evidence Translation and Quality Improvement for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 Hours)
NUR 5400 Health Promotion and Clinical Prevention for Advanced Nursing Practice (2 Hours)
NUR 5450 Informatics and Health Care Technologies
NUR 6430 Care of the Older Adult (2 Hours)
NUR 6500 Transition to Advanced Nursing Practice (Comprehensive Exam Review/Preparation) (1 Hour)
Family Nurse Practitioner Track - 24 Hours
Course Number Course Description
NUR 6110 Advanced Practice Nurse 1 (6 Hours)
NUR 6160 Advanced Practice Nurse 2 (6 Hours)
NUR 6640 Primary Health Care of Women (1 Hour)
NUR 6645 Pediatric: Family Health (5 Hours)
NUR 6210 Advanced Practice Nurse 3 (6 Hours)

Total Credits - 47 Hours

Clinical Practice Hour Requirement: At least 660 hours.

Nurse Educator

Core Curriculum - 15 Hours
Course Number Course Description
NUR 5120 Leadership, Role Development and Advocacy for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 Hours)
NUR 5175 Advanced Pharmacology for Nurse Educators (3 Hours)
NUR 5200 Advanced Pathophysiology (3 Hours)
NUR 5225 Advanced Health Assessment for Nurse Educators (3 Hours)
NUR 5250 Evidence Translation and Quality Improvement for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 Hours)
Nurse Educator Track - 17 Hours
Course Number Course Description
NUR 6120 Nurse Educator in the Clinical Setting (3 Hours)
NUR 6125 Teaching in Nursing Education (3 Hours)
NUR 6225 Assessment and Evaluation in Nursing Education (3 Hours)
NUR 6260 Curriculum Design and Program Development (3 Hours)
NUR 6325 Advanced Clinical Concepts for the Nurse Educator (2 Hours)
NUR 6625 Practicum in Nursing Education (3 Hours)

Total Credits - 32 Hours

Clinical Practice Hour Requirement: Minimum 240 Hours

Florida Southern College reserves the right to revise fee schedules.

2020-2021

Base Required Fees Cost
Tuition Per Credit Hour $610
Technology fee per semester is based on credit hours enrolled $25 to $100

Additional Costs

Base Required Fees Cost
Castle Branch All-Inclusive Package (FL44) $210
Required Malpractice Insurance and Lab Supplies per semester $35

*Tuition will be billed prior to the beginning of each semester based on credit hours. Tuition must be paid by the first day of class.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

I have a Bachelor degree in another field besides nursing. Am I eligible to apply for the MSN program at Florida Southern?

A Bachelor of Science in Nursing is one of the requirements for admission to our MSN program. Students who are interested in nursing as a new career may wish to consider an accelerated “second bachelor’s degree” BSN program. Alternatively, they could complete an Associate of Science degree in Nursing (ASN) and then go on to enroll in an RN-BSN program. This would give them the foundation needed to prepare for an MSN program.

Do you require the GRE for admission?

No, we do not require the GRE for consideration for admission to our nursing programs.

For which types of careers will this program prepare me?

Our nurse practitioner programs will prepare nurses for careers in primary care nursing. Our nurse educator and nursing administrative leadership tracks prepare graduates for a variety of positions in both primary and acute care health care settings.

May I choose my own preceptors? Is there assistance if necessary?

Student have the opportunity to choose their own preceptors and are given access to our database of clinical sites at the start of their program. If assistance is needed, we have a fulltime clinical coordinator in the School of Nursing who can work with students to help identify preceptors to meet their clinical hour requirement. Since we have relationships with clinical sites across the state of Florida, it is possible for nursing students to complete their clinical hours close to their home.

I previously started an MSN program at a different school. Can I transfer my courses?

Florida Southern allows up to two (2) graduate-level courses to transfer. If you have taken more than two courses elsewhere, our MSN program director will determine which courses would be best to transfer to Florida Southern and which would be most beneficial to repeat at FSC.

Program Contact

Kimberly Smith

Admission Counselor and Advisor
phone 863.680.3090
send text to 863.777.4434

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